San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences Entry Ticket

San Francisco: California Academy of Sciences Entry Ticket

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Visit San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences, the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. The venue allows you to see African penguins, rocket through the galaxy, experience a coral reef, and much more, all in one place!

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  • Explore an aquarium, rainforest, planetarium, and natural history museum all in one day at the California Academy of Sciences
  • Experience the world's largest all-digital planetarium as you journey into space
  • Visit the African Penguin exhibit, marvel at Claude the albino alligator, and see thousands of exotic fish in the aquarium
  • Enjoy the wildflowers on the 2.5-acre living roof
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Visit the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The superb complex incorporates all 4 attractions under one living roof, with exhibits and shows that explain the universe! Don’t miss the African penguins – and 38,000 other live animals – at the California Academy of Sciences in the heart of Golden Gate Park, a must-see attraction in San Francisco. Rocket through the galaxy at the speed of light or journey deep into the oceans of the world as the Academy boldly brings life to life. Come face-to-face with snakes and piranhas, meet Claude the albino alligator, and hang out with Pierre, Howard, Ocio, and the rest of the South African penguin colony. Stroll through the rainforest dome with its free-flying birds and butterflies and become immersed in the rainforests of Borneo, Madagascar, Costa Rica, and the flooded Amazon. Discover Borneo bats, chameleons, poison dart frogs, leaf cutter ants, gliders, snakes, and so much more. Catch the latest amazing digital planetarium show, taking you on a spectacular journey to the far reaches of the universe, held 7-10 times a day. Designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, the museum housed under a living roof will inspire lifelong curiosity for the natural world as you experience the depths of a Philippine coral reef, climb into the canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest, and fly to the outer reaches of the universe. New Exhibit: Sharks, open through to January 23, 2022. Don't miss this traveling exhibition created by Grande Experiences. Learn about one of the most awe-inspiring and misunderstood creatures on the planet and the critical role sharks play in ocean ecosystems around the globe.
  • General entry ticket
  • Exhibits and shows
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    The California Academy of Science is located at 55 Music Concourse Drive, inside Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Your entry ticket to the Academy includes all exhibits and shows
    • Children 2 years old and younger can enter for free
    • Some shows are capacity controlled and subject to availability
    • Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, all guests will also need to reserve timed-entry tickets in advance. Upon booking, a link will be provided on your ticket that directs you to reserve an entry time slot. Step-by-step instructions will be provided on your booking confirmation and must be followed in order to gain entry to the museum
    • Reserve entry to the Planetarium, Osher Rainforest, and the Shake House earthquake simulator in Giants of Land and Sea in order to facilitate physical distancing; do this by scanning a QR code with your smartphone at the Academy and selecting an entry time
    • The capacity for Planetarium is extremely limited; Planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and any child under 4 is not permitted
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5

    based on 134 reviews

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    We loved the activities! The only thing that was hard on us was the timing. Because of Covid-19, activities are limited to reservations, even though you paid to get in, there is no guarantee that you'll get to do all the activities. That was the only downside to going there during this pandemic.

    June 8, 2021

    I wish I had scheduled more time to more fully explore this wonderful learning resource. Exhibits were well displayed. Ample learning activities existed for young learners that were very engaging. Effort was made to explain and make relevant all of the exhibits I saw. Staff seemed friendly and answered my questions. Take your family and enjoy a pleasant day learning about the world we live in.

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    August 15, 2019

    Wonderful experience

    Great all-in-one experience. The aquarium is best, the rain forest OK, nothing special; the planetarium is a great space, however the talk on the Moon was very disappointing: boring and low tech. We had great food and service at the Terrace restaurant. It’s a wonderful lace to visit with kids because there are multiple activities.

    August 9, 2019

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